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Mar 24, 2014

Actifio raises $100 million from Tiger Global

SAN FRANCISCO, March 23 (Reuters) – Data-management company
Actifio said it had raised $100 million in funding led by Tiger
Global, bringing it to funding levels usually reserved for
consumer-oriented companies.

Boston-based Actifio has now raised more than $200 million,
including the latest round, valuing the company at $1.1 billion.

Mar 14, 2014

Uber expands insurance coverage for ridesharing drivers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – UberX on Friday expanded the insurance coverage it offers to ridesharing drivers, a step toward easing U.S. regulators’ and lawmakers’ concerns and creating broader acceptance of the services.

Ridesharing companies such as UberX, a unit of black-car service Uber, allow members of the public to hail rides at the touch of a smartphone app. Mom-and-pop drivers rather than professionals typically answer their requests, in regular cars rather than commercial vehicles.

Mar 11, 2014

Startups jostle for funding, attention at South by Southwest

AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 (Reuters) – Entrepreneur P.K. Fields
was delighted when she won a contest and a chance to pitch her
Los Angeles-based startup to a venture capitalist.

So delighted, she dropped everything and flew 1,400 miles
(2,250 km) on her own dime to the South by Southwest Interactive
conference in Austin, Texas, for just 20 minutes alone with
angel investor Dave McClure as he was driven around town in a
tiny red-and-black electric BMW i3.

Feb 26, 2014

No insurance, no ridesharing, cities tell UberX, Lyft and others

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Using mobile apps to
connect passengers with drivers, ridesharing services like UberX
and Lyft say they are bringing new zip to transportation. But a
number of cities say they don’t want to share the road until
they get something utilitarian: better insurance.

If the cities insist, they could slow or halt the services’
expansion. The conflict poses the latest challenge to the
nascent “sharing economy,” which allows people to rent out
personal property and services, often on an ad hoc basis.

Feb 21, 2014

With WhatsApp deal, Sequoia Capital burnishes reputation

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Shortly after moving to
Silicon Valley in 2004, the young Facebook founder Mark
Zuckerberg pulled a prank on Sequoia Capital by making an
investment pitch in his pajamas.

The discussion never got serious, and Sequoia never invested
in Facebook. But now, Sequoia is getting the last laugh.

Feb 20, 2014

Ukrainian roots shine through at WhatsApp

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – WhatsApp grew up in Silicon Valley, but its founder’s background in Eastern Europe gave it its DNA.

The messaging company bought by Facebook for $19 billion in a deal announced on Wednesday has become a global force, with 450 million customers who find it an easy way to send messages across borders and between different brands of mobile devices.

Feb 20, 2014

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion in deal shocker

By Gerry Shih and Sarah McBride

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark deal that places the world’s largest social network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users into the fold.

The transaction involves $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in stock and $3 billion in restricted stock that vests over several years. The WhatsApp deal is worth more than Facebook raised in its own IPO and underscores the social network’s determination to win the market for messaging.

Feb 19, 2014

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion

By Gerry Shih and Sarah McBride

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, as the world’s largest social network looks for ways to boost its popularity, especially among a younger crowd.

The acquisition of the hot messaging service with more than 450 million users around the world stunned many Silicon Valley observers with its lofty price tag.

Feb 14, 2014

Investor Tom Perkins says progressive taxation ‘persecutes’ the rich

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tom Perkins, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who compared the plight of the wealthiest Americans to Jews in Nazi Germany, offered up a provocative new idea on what the rich deserve: more votes in public elections for every dollar they earn.

“If you pay a million dollars, you should get a million votes,” Perkins, the retired co-founder of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, told an audience at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club in comments that he later said were meant to be provocative. He also said that only taxpayers should have the right to vote.

Feb 11, 2014

Number of young U.S. technology companies falls: report

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Sluggish growth among
young technology firms could bode trouble for the U.S. economy,
according to a new report from the Kauffman Foundation.

The number of technology firms aged five years or younger -
key drivers of job creation – has fallen to below 80,000, down
from a high of 113,000 in 2001, according to the report. Today’s
levels are roughly on par with the mid 1990s.